Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who had visited Sri Lanka in 2005, has died aged 84 of Covid-19 complications.
He was a former top military officer who rose to become the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under Republican George W Bush.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” a statement said.
“We want to thank the medical staff… for their caring treatment,” it added.
The statement said that he had been fully vaccinated against Covid.
Mr Powell became a trusted military adviser to a number of leading US politicians.
In 2005 he visited Sri Lanka as outgoing US Secretary of State to offer US assistance following the devastating tsunami. (Colombo Gazette/BBC)